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updated: 11/9/2017 5:16 PM

Lyft gets use of lot to pick up customers at Allstate Arena

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Rosemont has inked a $150,000 deal with Lyft that will allow the ride-sharing company exclusive use of a lot near the Allstate Arena to pick up customers after events.

The one-year agreement, approved by the village board this week, will allow Lyft drivers to line up beside the stadium administration building on Lunt Avenue -- located north of the stadium and west of Target. The preferred space has room for about 30 vehicles.

Mayor Brad Stephens said village officials had conversations with Uber to arrange a similar partnership, but the company was not interested.

The deal comes six months after a Cook County judge threw out a lawsuit filed in March 2016 by Rosemont, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and Choose Chicago, the city's convention and tourism bureau, against Lyft and Uber.

The suit argued the ride-sharing services should pay the same $4-per-ride airport departure tax that taxis picking up passengers at O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport pay. The parties that sued share about $20 million a year from the airport fee.

Uber and Lyft said they weren't subject to the tax, arguing ride-share is not defined as livery under state law.

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